Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Ruler; leader: matriarch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix leading, leader

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A suffix meaning a ruler, as in monarch (a sole ruler).

Etymologies

Middle English -arche, from Old French, from Late Latin -archa, from Latin -archēs, from Greek -arkhēs, from arkhos, ruler, from arkhein, to rule.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin -archa, -arches, from Ancient Greek -άρχης (-archēs), from ἀρχός (archos, "chief"). (Wiktionary)

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